INTRODUCING “CHASING NOVEMBER”
Chasing November is a new series produced by Midwest Whitetail.
This year we stopped producing a TV Show for network television and focused instead on the emerging streaming TV market.
Chasing November will run on Roku, CarbonTV, YouTube (Midwest Whitetail Channel), Amazon Fire, AppleTV and Chromecast.
Of course, the show will also run on this website where I will write a blog that goes along with each episode and either gives some behind the scenes information or elaborates on one or more of the strategies we were using in the episode.
There will be 24 original episodes of Chasing November this year and each one will show up here. The goal is to have them all uploaded very soon so you can binge-watch the series if you like.
Chasing November follows our team of hunters through the entire season from late summer through January as we find the bucks we are going to hunt, form and strategies and then put those strategies to the test. You can see what worked for us and enjoy some great hunting action along the way.
That is the way the series works. Now I am going to get into a couple of topics I touched on in the episode.
EHD IN 2012 TOOK OUT AT LEAST 60% OF MY DEER
EHD hit several areas of southern Iowa and northern Missouri during the summer of 2012. It hit my farm hard. I am guessing that it wiped out at least 60% of my deer. It seemed like it hit the bucks especially hard.
I can keep this real simple. When most of the mature bucks are dead, you are in for a long dry spell. After all, it takes five years to grow a five year old buck! Profound wisdom, right? I have seen limited success on our farm since the EHD virus hit.
I was lucky that my number one buck (the one in the photo at the top) made it through the summer, but my number two (which could have easily been my number one but for the fact that he was mostly nocturnal) did not escape the virus. Bubba died some time in mid-September.
He was eight years old. I have written a lot about this buck in a “Winke’s Blog” on the Midwest Whitetail site, so I won’t go into his life here. Suffice it say that I had a lot of history with him. I even hit the buck in the neck back in 2009 when he as probably five years old. It was a serious bummer to see him die this way.
I would say that overall numbers are back to where they were pre-EHD but the buck age structure is still lagging. There aren’t as many older bucks now as there were in the early 2010s. If anyone is curious about how long it takes to recover from a bad case of EHD, I can suggest that it takes at least five years. Realistically, to have a huntable number of older bucks, it takes even longer than that.
My story throughout the 2015 season is the is ongoing challenge of hunting an area with low numbers of mature bucks. I plan to put the time in, but I know ahead of time that it is going to be a tough one.